Tuesday, November 29, 2022

VIDEO: Hear from three veterans how military service has changed through the ages

The Hampton Roads area is a hub for veterans and each of their stories represent something different about service in the United States military.

Watch the video below this story — These veterans sat down with WYDaily and shared their stories of service:

  • Frank Petrey Sr., a sergeant first class in the Army, served in the Korean War, where he was shot in the stomach and was awarded a Purple Heart. He later worked in supplies during the Vietnam War. Recently, Petrey suffered a stroke and is no longer able to speak. His daughter, Donia “Faye” Shaw, now speaks for him.
  • SSgt. Angela Zamiska retired from the Air Force in 2001, but not after serving during the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996. Her time in the Air Force gave her a different perspective on what it means to serve as a woman.
  • TSgt. Ashley Williams was a recruiter for the Air Force and spent a portion of her service molding the military members who followed her. Serving in Qatar after 9/11 wasn’t easy but being a single mom while serving proved to be its own unique challenge.


Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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